A RARE STAFFORDSHIRE TRANSFER-PRINTED SALT-GLAZED STONEWARE PLATE CIRCA 1755
transfer-printed in red, probably in Battersea, after François Boucher, with a pair of lovers seated in a garden spied upon by 'Paul Pry' within a turquoise-enamelled diaper-molded border on the shaped rim.
Diameter 9⅛ in.
Minor approximate 1/4-in. flat chip to the rim edge and a fine 1-in. haircrack extending from the inner rim edge into the cavetto too the edge of the transfer-print. Some minor wear to the transfer-printed decoration.
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The T. Murray Ragg Collection, Sotheby's London, March 23, 1954, lot 109
The Collection of Cyril Cook, sold Sotheby's London, July 21, 1964, lot 5 (bearing collection label no. 242)
The Property of the late Sir William Mullens, D. S. O., T. D., T. L., Sotheby's London, February 22, 1977, lot 1
The Harriet Carlton Goldweitz Collection, sold, Sotheby's New York, January, 20, 2006, lot 96 (bearing collection label)
Cook, 1955, item 149, fig. 2
Cook, 1958, p. 40, fig. 6
Goldweitz, 1984, p. 17 and pl. 23c
Diana Edwards and Rodney Hampson in White Salt-Glazed Stoneware of the British Isles, Woodbridge, Suffolk, 2005, p. 123, cite two contemporary references to 'stone' wares at Battersea: in a patent application of 1754, and in an advertisement for sale of stock in 1756. They also refer to the article by Cyril Cook, "Old English Salt-Glazed Plates with printed decorations', The Connoisseur, June, 1958, pp. 39-42, which they note is "convincing that this printing was done at York House, Battersea with some of the engravings made by Robert Hancock".
An octagonal plate printed in red with an identical scene was in the Estate of Marjorie Wiggin Prescott, sold at Christie's, New York, March 6, 1981, lot 55; and another, printed in black, and of the same shape as the present example, was in the Norman Stretton Collection, sold at Phillips, London, February 21, 2001, lot 165.